I'm not much of a convention-goer. I feel uncomfortable in large crowds and I don't like how there's usually not much time to take it easy and look around the booths without mobs of people swarming from one exhibit to another. Still, I live pretty close to the Makuhari Messe complex where TGS took place so I figured I should go take a look.
I'm not much of a photographer either, and I didn't plan to even try taking a ton of shaky cellphone pics like some people. Overall it was a fun event, but I didn't get to make all the events I wanted to make (like the 7th Dragon panel, or Tokyo Xanadu demo) due to extremely long lines or clogged venues. Some of them looked like they were literally 2 hour wait times - for a convention that's only open from 10 AM to 5 PM that's precious time.
One event that I did easily get into, right up front (only about 3 rows back from the stage) was Koei-Tecmo's Gust special stage event from 11:00 - 11:50. I'd estimate only about 70 people in the audience, compared to the insanity of some stages like Sega's it was amazingly small. Pictures were prohibited (and the whole stage was live broadcast on nicovideo anyway), but it had some guests like the director of Yoru no Nai Kuni, one of the main two artists for Atelier Sophie, and Sophie's voice actor (dressed in Sophie's outfit in the game, very cute). I got to meet some fellow Gust fans, which is always a nice thing.
I also helped myself to some Gust goodies from the Koei-Tecmo merchant booth later on. I probably spent more than I should have, I won't ever use half of this stuff. They had 'Gust mystery bags' for 3000 yen, mine came with the Ar nosurge first contact kit, an Atelier Rorona music CD, an Atelier Escha & Logy pillowcase, a clear file with Escha and Wilbell on it, and a few other things. Really, nothing I would have bought individually, so selling them in a 'mystery bag' was a good move on their part. Against my better judgement I also bought some other stuff like three random character straps (1 of 5 characters randomly included - mine contained the two main characters of Yoru no Nai Kuni, and the 'book' from Atelier Sophie). I will use the puni-themed windchime, it's very cute. The cork glass coasters will also see some use. Most of this stuff will just be thrown in the closet never to see the light of day again, but isn't that what impulse buying is all about?
Anyway, I'm starting to get a bit restless from not playing any JRPGs in a few weeks - after Luminous Arc Infinity I wanted to rest up a bit so that I don't get burned out because very soon, there will be a nonstop flood of JRPG releases with things like Utawarerumono, Yoru no Nai Kuni, Tokyo Xanadu, 7th Dragon and much more. I'll start Utawarerumono when it comes out on the 24th, but I'm going to put it on hold as soon as Yoru no Nai Kuni comes out - I'm dying to see if Gust finally got an Action RPG done right or not.
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